FT. LAUDERDALE (POP America) -- One of the most recognized televangelists in the country has died. Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church founder the Reverend D. James Kennedy passed away in his sleep at home early this morning. He was 76. Just last month, Kennedy stepped down as pastor of the 10-thousand member church he founded nearly 50 years ago in Fort Lauderdale. He hadn't delivered a sermon at the church since suffering arrhythmia and cardiac arrest on December 28th. He never fully recovered, despite a rigorous regimen of physical therapy in Florida and Michigan. During his time at Coral Ridge, Kennedy built a multi-million-dollar media empire with a television show that was viewed by more than three-million people around the world. He was also known for his conservative politics and his outspoken opposition to abortion and homosexuality. Funeral arrangements for Dr. Kennedy are pending.